Wednesday, July 04, 2012
America can only survive with old fashioned morals and ethics; but only God's grace saves from sin
A great way to celebrate this 4th of July is to watch the movie, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" with your family, after the cookout and fireworks show. It is great to watch it again and notice all the biblical references and principles peppered throughout the film. The character played by Jimmy Stewart read the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bible during his filibuster in the movie. He quotes Leviticus 19:18 and Jesus, "Love Thy neighbor" (Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 22:39-40) in his speech above. They don't make films like that anymore.
We are grateful for our political freedom, but the left wing philosophy, socialism, anti-capitalism, the homosexual agenda, the pro-abortionists, so called "same sex marriage", the spread of Islam and those seeking to promote Sharia law and Jihad, Islamic terrorism; immorality; etc. - these things are slowly eroding our great country and political freedom.
False doctrines in the churches, the word of faith movement, greed, celebrity, pragmatism, liberal theology, the emerging church, lack of true love that motivates missions and evangelism, these things have made Evangelicalism loose it's salt. (Matthew 5:13-16)
Biblical morality and ethics thrived when there was a basic Christian cultural worldview, but morality and clean living doesn't save people. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; 2:21; Romans 3:28; 4:1-8; 4:16; 5:1; 10:9-10; John 1:12) We need the grace of God for that. Hopefully, the Lord will expose the culture rot and cause more people to seek Him and cry out for grace and salvation.
That we lost our ability to choose good over evil by the wrong use of our free will - See the article before this one on the issue of our free will and freedom and how that relates to grace and faith by Augustine.